Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Institute for therapeutic medicine
What are an Occupational Therapy and an Occupational Therapy Assistant?
Occupational Therapy (OT) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) are licensed clinicians whom utilize therapeutic approaches to help adults of all ages and pediatrics population to improve their ability to participate in activities at home, work, school or leisure.
Role of Occupational Therapy
The goal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant is to enable people to participate in their activities of everyday life. And typically assess and address the child’s strengths and needs in a clinic setting in order to support participation in life activities. The focus in non-school settings may be more varied and may or may not address specific educational needs.
Occupational Therapy Services
Orthopedic rehabilitation and Pain Management
We treats a large variety of conditions that affect the skeletal and muscular systems. A wide range of orthopedic injuries and disabilities, including amputations, joint replacements, fractures, and other orthopedic complications, are treated.
· Customized Splints: We fabricate a fully customized splint to meet your needs. Custom splints are great for patients that have had surgery and need a splint for protection and healing, as well as for patients that have suffered a stroke or spinal cord injury. Custom splints are easy to clean and easy to modify as your body changes.
· Straightening: Treatment plans for muscle weakness are individualized depending on the underlying cause. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, helps to build strength, decreases the risk of developing complications, such as muscle atrophy, and helps a person to live a normal active life. Treatment generally includes appropriate periods of rest, good hydration and a regular program of exercise.
· Pain Conditions: Common causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff injuries (common in adults over 50), impingement, muscle tears, inflammation of the bursa (bursitis), frozen shoulder, joint instability, tendonitis and arthritis. Elbow conditions include golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, cubital tunnel syndrome and also fractures of the elbow. These conditions can cause pain, swelling and stiffness.
· Neuromuscular Re-education: Refers to techniques that attempt to retrain the neuromuscular system to function properly. The basis of this idea is that the formation of certain patterns of communication between muscles and nerves allow people to perform simple everyday acts such as climbing stairs. These normal patterns of movement can be disrupted by injuries or may be impaired in people with certain medical conditions. The general aim is either to re-establish normal patterns of movement in injured people or to create normal patterns of movement in disabled people, by practicing a variety of exercises. Examples of neuromuscular disorders include: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Multiple sclerosis, Myasthenia gravis, Spinal muscular atrophy and others.
· Saebo Flex: Is a new treatment approach for people who have suffered from or are suffering from a neurological injury, such as a stroke. The hand splint improves strength, range of motion, motor control and overall arm function.
Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational therapist on patients with conditions affecting the upper extremities including arms, hands, elbows and shoulders.
Patients who require hand therapy may have been affected by an accident, surgery or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands, or arms. Others include patients who suffer from the effects of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurologic condition (i.e., stroke). The Hand Therapy Program at Institute for Therapeutic Medicine provides a comprehensive evaluation of the upper extremities. The program uses a variety of treatment tools to restore joint motion and tendon gliding, minimize pain and edema, and decrease sensitivity.
· Help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
· Address hand–eye coordination to improve kids' play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting, etc.)
· Help kids with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
· Evaluate a child's need for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids
· Work with kids who have sensory and attentional issues to improve focus and social skills as the following conditions: Autism, Down Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders and others conditions.
Our dedicate staff will provide each client with a comprehensive assessment and examination to develop a specialized rehabilitative program to maximize function and prolonging your independence.